MLB Picks: Bet Athletics +117 vs. Giants

Joe Freda

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:47 AM GMT

Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 11:47 AM GMT

Wednesday night’s MLB slate has the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics shifting to AT&T Park after Oakland’s pair of victories at O.co Coliseum. Where does the best value lie for our MLB picks in this matchup?

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum (3-4, 4.75 ERA) is slated to oppose Athletics lefty Tom Milone (4-5, 3.80 ERA), with Oakland bringing a 10-1 mark in its last 11 matchups.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report

A’s, Donaldson hold off Giants

Tuesday’s action between the rivals saw Oakland hold on for a 6-3 victory, cashing as 138 home ‘chalk.’  Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson followed up his homer from Monday’s opener with a 2-for-3 night in the cleanup spot. 

Oakland’s Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour tossed one frame each of late relief, allowing just one hit over that stretch. San Francisco’s Hunter Pence poked his eighth long ball of the year, with he and mate Marco Scutaro uniting to hit 4-for-8.

Lincecum continues slide 

Tim Lincecum logged his third loss in four starts with Friday’s 5-0 defeat for San Francisco to the Colorado Rockies, failing to collect as a 142 home favorite. “The Freak” allowed four runs over seven innings, while tossing eight strikeouts. 

Pence and Scutaro were both held to 0-for-4 nights at the plate, while San Francisco finished with five hits overall. Giants relievers Sandy Rosario and George Kontos gave up Colorado’s final two hits, including Rosario surrendering a solo shot homer to Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. 

Milone shelled despite A’s win 

Milone came away with a no-decision on the same night of action, while Oakland notched a 6-5 victory as 152 road ‘chalk’ against the Houston Astros. The 26-year-old gave up all five of Houston’s runs in the fifth inning, including a pair of homers as part of his seven-frame stint. 

Oakland’s Chris Young drilled a three-run homer in the ninth inning, rallying his squad for a late lead. Athletics closer Grant Balfour gave up no hits in the bottom half of the frame, logging his 10th save of the year.

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Back the A’s as road dogs

The MLB odds makers opened Lincecum as a 129 home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 7 ½ (UNDER minus 125). The weather forecast in San Francisco calls for a clear 58 degrees, with calm winds blowing outward. 

I am adding a ticket on Oakland to Wednesday’s sports picks, taking a road dog price of plus 117. 

The Athletics have a 5-1 mark in their last six road games, while going 7-1 in their most recent eight interleague spots against right-handed starters. Milone’s last six starts as an underdog have seen his squad cash at 5-1 and should be in a spot of settling down here. 

Lincecum has been inconsistent at home, while allowing seven earned runs over a combined 10 IP against Oakland last year. The four-time All-Star faced a few capable bats in Oakland’s lineup here, including Athletics outfielder Seth Smith with three homers in 33 career at-bat’s.

San Francisco is 1-4 in its last five interleague games as a favorite, while Lincecum has failed to be a ‘stopper’ with the Giants going 0-5 in his last five outings coming after a team defeat. Look for Oakland to extend its winning streak here at plus odds. 

MLB Pick: Oakland Athletics +117 at Bet365
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